Sexualities, Rights and Gender-Based Violence

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ECTS Credits
3rd Cycle Studies

Recommended Prerequisites

Not applicable

Teaching Methods

This curricular unit aims to promote the active participation of students in class. The discipline operates at regular sessions run by the teacher in charge and may have invited experts in certain areas of knowledge. The assessment combines the involvement of students in class (interventions), the students  conducting a small written research and presenting a selected theme / text in class.

Learning Outcomes

This curricular unit aims to provide a systematic guide to some of the major theories and debates within sociology in the late 20th and early 21st century concerning sexual citizenship, gender violence, social movements, sociology of law, and LGBTI/Queer. It explores as well ongoing post-disciplinary debates (in which sociology participates alongside other social sciences and humanities).

The main theories of the social are discussed, both within the disciplinary domain of sociology and at the boundaries of sociology with a range of other domains of knowledge, as part of diverse postdisciplinary configurations.

Students are expected to engage with the main theoretical proposals within these fields of study and with the postdisciplinary debates which are redrawing contemporary knowledge of the social.

Work Placement(s)



Sexual citizenship-To study the notion of citizenship from the standpoint of Gender and Queer Studies. To promote a critical understanding of transformation on family, relational and parenting models, and their legal, social and political impacts

Gender-based Violence-To question the concept of gender violence. To approach, from a feminist perspective, deferential forms of violence such as violence within intimate relationships, sexual assault, trafficking in persons, harassment, female genital mutilation, among others. To place in this debate the concept of intersectionality and a North / South perspective

Social Movements-Introducing and complexifying the definition of social movements at different scales: local, national and global. Emphasize the evolution and forms of action of feminist and LGBTI movements

Sociology of Law-Analyze the evolution of critical feminist legal studies in different areas of law. Discuss the potential of law and rights in the feminist struggles

Assessment Methods

Synthesis work: 40.0%
Research work: 60.0%


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